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Europe COVID-19 cases almost at 1m, coming weeks ‘critical’: WHO


MNA International Desk: Europe is in eye of the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the number of cases nearing a million, and should move with extreme caution when considering easing lockdowns, the World Health Organisation’s regional director said on Thursday, reports Reuters. “Case numbers across the region continue to climb. In the past 10 days, the number of cases reported in Europe has nearly doubled to close to 1 million,” the WHO’s European director, Hans Kluge, told reporters in an online briefing. This meant that about 50 per cent of the global burden of COVID-19 was in Europe, Kluge ...

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Iran warns Europe to normalize economic ties or to face consequences


MNA International Desk: Iran said on Sunday that Europe was not in a position to criticize Tehran for its military capabilities, and called on European leaders to normalize economic ties with the Islamic Republic despite US sanctions or face consequences. President Donald Trump last year withdrew the United States from a nuclear deal with Iran and reimposed sanctions. Trump has condemned a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, signed by his predecessor Barack Obama, as flawed for not being permanent and for not covering Iran’s ballistic missile programme or its role in conflicts around the Middle East, reports Reuters. The ...

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UK nerve attack: US, EU, Australia expel over 100 Russian diplomats


MNA Exclusive Desk: The United States on Monday joined governments across Europe in punishing the Kremlin for a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain that they have blamed on Moscow, reported news agency. US would expel 60 Russian diplomats in this connection as the strongest action that U.S. President Donald Trump had taken against Russia since coming to office. He has been criticized by Democrats and members of his own Republican Party for failing to be tough enough on Russia over allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. electoral system including the 2016 presidential campaign. British ...

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Arabs, Europe, UN reject Trump’s recognition

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MNA International Desk: Arabs and Muslims across the Middle East on Wednesday condemned the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as an incendiary move in a volatile region and Palestinians said Washington was abandoning its leading role as a peace mediator. The European Union and United Nations also voiced alarm at U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and its repercussions for any chances of reviving Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. Major U.S. allies came out against Trump’s reversal of decades of U.S. and broad international policy on Jerusalem. France rejected the ‘unilateral’ decision while ...

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Global recovery on firmer footing: IMF


MNA Business Desk: The global economic recovery is on firmer footing as improving growth in China, Europe and Japan offset downward revisions for the United States and Britain, the International Monetary Fund said Sunday. However, wage growth remains sluggish which risks increasing tensions that have pushed some countries toward more anti-global policies, while efforts to erode financial regulations put in place since the 2008 crisis could erode stability, the IMF warned. “The recovery in global growth that we projected in April is on a firmer footing; there is now no question mark over the world economy’s gain in momentum,” IMF ...

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Usain Bolt goes sub-10sec in Monaco 100m


MNA Sports Desk: Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt ran a season’s best of 9.95 seconds to win the 100m at Friday’s Diamond League in Monaco. In his second appearance in Europe in his farewell season, Bolt produced a trademark strong second segment to beat out American Isiah Young by 0.03sec. Bolt, winner of eight Olympic and 11 world gold medals, will bring down the curtain on his glittering career at August’s world championships in London. But for the moment, it remains entertainment, and Bolt, as he has done consistently throughout his career, played to the sell-out 17,000-capacity crowd at the ...

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New York’s annual concert to end poverty heads to Europe


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Global Citizen, New York’s annual concert that pushes for an end to extreme poverty, on Tuesday announced an expansion to Europe to press leaders at the G20 summit in Germany. Rockers Coldplay will headline the free concert on July 6 in Hamburg along with pop singer Ellie Goulding, chart-topping electronic duo The Chainsmokers and one of Germany’s biggest stars, Herbert Gronemeyer. Global Citizen, which has taken place since 2012 in Central Park as world leaders gather each September for the UN General Assembly, aims to build public support for foreign aid with an aim of ...

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Ronaldo won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

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MNA Sports Desk: Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award on Thursday after winning both last season’s Champions League and Euro 2016 with Portugal. Ronaldo, 31-year-old, received the accolade for the second time in his career after finishing ahead of Real team-mate Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann. “I’m obviously delighted to receive this award; it’s been an incredible season. But these two other players deserve it as well,” said Ronaldo. Ronaldo struck the winning spot-kick as Real claimed a record 11th European Cup title, beating city rivals Atletico on penalties in May, ...

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Gunman killed nine people in Munich


MNA International Desk: A German-Iranian gunman, 18-year-old, acted alone open fired near a busy shopping mall in Munich on Friday evening and killed at least nine people in the third attack on civilians in Western Europe in eight days. The third attack on citizens in Europe in hardly a week sent freaked shoppers fleeing the Olympia (OEZ) mall as elite police launched a massive operation to track down what had primarily been thought to be up to three assailants. “The perpetrator was an 18-year-old German-Iranian from Munich,” police chief Hubertus Andrae told reporters. “The shooter had dual citizenship and no ...

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La Liga players lead UEFA Best Player shortlist


MNA Sports Desk: La Liga players lead this year’s Best Player in Europe shortlist, declared by the continent’s governing body UEFA on Monday, with seven of the top 10 candidates for the significant award presently plying their trade in Spain. European champions Real Madrid are represented by four players, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, while last year’s winner Lionel Messi and Barcelona team mate Luis Suarez, along with Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, are on the list. Italy’s veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will be joined by Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich on the list, which features no ...

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Europe wants robots to count as people


MNA Technology Desk: According to reports, Europe wants robots to count as people. Europe’s rising military of robot labors could be classed as “electronic persons” and their proprietors accountable to giving social security for them if the European Union adopts a draft plan to address the authenticities of a new industrial uprising. Robots are being installed in ever-greater numbers in factories and also taking on tasks such as personal care or surgery, raising fears over unemployment, wealth inequality and alienation. Their rising intelligence, rifeness and autonomy require considering everything from taxation to legal liability, a draft European Parliament motion, dated ...

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US warns of possible attacks in Europe


MNA International Desk: The US State Department warns Americans about possible terrorist attacks in Europe this summer, saying targets could include tourist sites, restaurants and large events such as the European Soccer Championship in France. The month-long European Championship starts in Paris on June 10, drawing the best international teams from the continent and hundreds of thousands of fans. It mirrors a similar warning from President Francois Hollande and comes as forensic police and armed officers took part in a terror drill outside football stadiums in Paris and Lyon. The State Department said, “Euro Cup stadiums, fan zones, and unaffiliated ...

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